Camp Westwind + NEDC | Oregon Coast Photo Essay

The Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) is an independent non-profit organization that works to protect that which matters most: clean air, clean water, healthy forests, biodiversity, and the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. NEDC is based at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR and combines a legal staff of two attorneys and an executive director with the hard work and dedication of student volunteers. Every year in October, NEDC hosts a three day retreat at Camp Westwind on the Oregon coast where the Salmon River meets the Pacific Ocean. The setting itself is a natural wonder: rugged beaches and tidal zones, a biologically diverse estuary, mountainous dense coastal rain forests, and an array of wildlife including bald-eagles, elk, sea lions, bears, and mountain lions. The retreat is an incredible combination of guest speakers on a variety of environmental law related topics, nature hikes, camping, music, and delicious local foods and fine crafted ales. I had the great privilege of joining a few of the retreats and working to provide NEDC with photo documentation of the event. Here are a collection of images from their story:

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer

NEDC | Cultural Landscapes | Environmental Justice Photography | Westwind | Oregon | Northwest Environmental Defense Center | Drew Bird Photo | Conservation Photographer
Drew is an Oakland Freelance Photographer and a San Francisco Freelance Photographer and a Bay area Freelance Photographer, a bay area conservation photographer, an Oakland wedding photojournalist and a San Francisco wedding photojournalist; while he is based in the Bay area, Drew regularly photographs for clients throughout all of California, including Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, San Jose, Marin County, Santa Cruz, Eureka, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbra, and Napa, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, all across the USA and everywhere on Earth. He specializes in creative storytelling and artistic photojournalism, environmental photojournalism, conservation photography, environmental justice photography, and stories about human-earth relationships including urban farming, agriculture, water use, climate change, ocean issues, energy issues, pollution, and natural resource economics. You can view more of his photojournalism, editorial, and lifestyle work here and more of his documentary style wedding work here.